One of the most important components of therapy is the connection you have with your therapist. To that end, let me share a little about myself so you can get an idea if will make a good team.
My therapeutic work is influenced by my identity as a Japanese-and-Chinese-American, my role as an adoptive parent, and my value of social justice work. I am an introvert navigating an extroverted society and value authenticity in my interactions with others.
My experiences providing therapy with the LGBTQ community and human-trafficking survivors inform my work as a therapist. I also currently work at a community clinic providing services for individuals wrestling with a substance use addiction which influences my therapeutic approach.
HOW I WORK
You are the expert on you. Together we will work as a team to reach your goal(s).
My approach is collaborative, culturally responsive, and deeply informed by your unique identity.
My goal as a therapist is to create a safe space for you to process, explore, and ultimately, to facilitate meaningful growth. Life is a journey with ups and downs and my role is to support you during the lows in order to get you back to where you need to be.
I practice as an integrative therapist meaning I piece together various components of different counseling theories to best suit you. Below is a summary of how I typically approach therapy:
SOLUTION FOCUSED THERAPY
Clients are experts on themselves
Focus on existing strengths and resources
Short-term therapy – treatment lasts for months, not years
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)
Connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
Clients learn to recognize negative patterns of thought
Develop and utilize healthy coping skills
I may also integrate other therapeutic modalities as needed. We can discuss during an initial consultation if you require further information.